From our gardens to our kitchen, we present fresh interpretations of traditional Italian dishes using sustainably-farmed, local fruits and vegetables, and all organic meats.

Inspiration from the bounty of local farms and our own restaurant garden help create a daily changing menu that has kept Bistro Don Giovanni on the San Francisco Chronicle’s top Bay Area restaurants since the list’s inception.

Our lively bar features hundreds of Napa Valley and Italian wines, as well as seasonally inspired cocktails.

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rule4100 Howard Lane
Napa, California

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Garden Fresh.
Hand Crafted.

Pasta makerWhole roasted fish


Our Bistro mornings begin with baking traditional, focaccia and ciabatta breads, handcrafting fresh semolina and egg pastas and forming traditional Neapolitan pizzas for the day ahead.

Guest favorites always grace the menu—Beet & Haricort Verts salad, Mama Concetta’s meatballs, crispy and succulent Chicken Diavolo, rich and savory seared salmon filet, and our perfect Grilled Bistro Burger among them. Sprinkles in are daily and seasonal specials that provide a constantly changing menu for our guests to enjoy.

We invite you to join our regulars and enjoy the essence of Italy inspired by the bounty of Napa Valley.

Dessert Crisps, Spaghetti and Clams, and Caesar Salad

Drink &
Be Merry


Signature Bar Drinks

Today’s bar is an extension of the dining experience with cocktails that include aromatic herbs, sweet and tart fruits, exotic liquors and the highest quality gins, vodkas, tequilas, scotch, bourbons…

Come in and enjoy some time at our bar. Meet locals and savor a few of our seasonal signature cocktails. We guarantee a good time!


Firenze Spritz

Acqua Fresca

Basil Limonata

Moscow Mule

Pom-Pom Cosmo

Bistro Classic Negroni

Classic Avaiation

Pear Drop

Mi Margarita

Dark & Stormy

Italian Greyhound


The Don Manhattan

Firenze SpritzBartender pouring drink
Acqua Frescas, Italian Greyhound, and Tequila Shots
Bartender serving cocktail


Our wine program exemplifies the promise of wine country…searching far and wide to find the food-friendly wines that enhance your dining experience.

$20.00 Corkage per 750ml. For each bottle purchased from our Wine List, we will waive one corkage charge (maximum 6 bottles).

While Away


Al Fresco Dining

There is no better way to enjoy Napa Valley than outside in the fresh country air. Our gardens and vineyards surround us with fragrant aromas and beautiful vistas. Our lyrical Commedia dell’arte fountain is the centerpiece of our Italian parco and features the characters of a traditional 16th century Italian improvisational theater as they swing from poles and stilts, splashing playfully, sparking conversation and levity.

Fireside Dining

Locals know that winter is one of the very best times to visit the Napa Valley for the cozy warmth indoors and the dramatic skies outdoors. It’s also the best time to savor the braises and creations from the wood-burning oven.

Bistro Don Giovanni has two traditional wood-burning fireplaces—one inside the main dining room and one on the enclosed terrace which is also available for private parties.

Couple enjoying wine in front of fireplacelemonsCouple looking at water fountain

Frog statue, water fountain, vespa

Banquet chicken platesPrepping banquet plates

Special Events

Our Fireside Terrace seats up to 50 guests. Completely enclosed and heated for winter, the French doors and garden windows are open to the Napa Valley throughout the summer.

The fountain Garden is perfect for a pre-dinner or celebratory cocktail reception.

To make arrangements for private dining, please contact Curtis at 707-224-3300 or email Curtis@BistroDonGiovanni.com.

Group of Servers


You will often find Chef Paolo, Giovanni, and our managers enjoying conversation at our guests’ tables. This convivial attitude is infused in our service team that we consider the very best in the Valley.

Servers are friendly and courteous, attentive and efficient and always knowledgeable about our food and drink. And, because they are local professionals and not simply young kids passing through town, they “know” the Valley and can tell you what other places are worth a visit!

Managers Nano and CurtisHard Work tattooFour Team Members
Giovanni Scala

Giovanni Scala, Proprietor

Giovanni—he welcomes you as family. The charming co-founder of Bistro Don Giovanni is the consummate host whose gracious personality enhances the Italian country atmosphere of the Bistro and who’s Mamma Concetta inspired the Neapolitan heart of the menu.

Paolo Laboa, Executive Chef

Chef Paolo Laboa, born and raised in Italy, worked at a number of popular restaurants near his home town of Genoa, where his pesto recipe won the World Pesto Championship in 2008. Seven essential ingredients — basil, pine nuts, olive oil, sea salt, parmesan, pecorino and garlic – were perfectly balanced with mortar and pestle to impress the judges.

Chef Paolo move to the United States where he was executive chef at a widely praised San Francisco restaurant, Farina, then moved to Pride’s Osteria in Massachusetts before finding his new Italian home here at Bistro Don Giovanni – where you will be able to enjoy his prized Mandilli al Vero Pesto Genovese.

Executive Chef Paolo Laboa
Chef de Cuisine Hugo Martinez

Hugo Martinez, Chef de Cuisine

Chef Hugo oversees our kitchen and insures the highest quality food preparation and service. He works closely with Chef Paolo Laboa to create a delicious and memorable customer experience.

Donna Scala, Heavenly Inspiration

Donna Scala’s talent, creativity, and passion created Bistro Don Giovanni 21 years ago. Her heartwarming and joyous personality kept patrons coming back for visits—year after year.

She and Giovanni created this very special Napa Valley dining room. Donna’s ethics and her spirit continue to inspire our entire team every day.

Donna Scala

Don Gio's entrance and Donna's Vespa